Sev. Park on solid ice for interest in program

Southern, South River, Arundel, Broadneck also show growth

Hockey notebook

High Schools

January 08, 2002|By Mike Frainie | Mike Frainie,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Severna Park has used a fully stocked roster and some inspired play to jump out to a 16-1-1 record, and take control of the Maryland Scholastic Hockey League's Eastern Conference. The Falcons, who are only in their second season, have seen the interest level in the program rise substantially this year.

"We finished just below .500 last year, but the kids did a great job in getting the word out," said Chuck Fox. "This season, we had to have tryouts."

Fox believes interest in hockey is growing in Anne Arundel County.

"The growth has been amazing," Fox said. "Southern and South River have their own teams, Arundel and Broadneck will eventually split [both schools play on one team now representing Arundel], and I hear Old Mill is trying to get a team."

Do the Falcons have what it takes to make a run at the MSHL Tier II title?

"Absolutely," said Fox. "We have the skills and the team chemistry."

B Conference wide open

When the year began, many area fans felt Gilman was the team to beat in the MIAA B Conference.

Don't tell that to Greyhounds coach Pat Pothel, though.

"Our league is pretty tight, and I don't see anyone running away with it," Pothel said. "We have five teams, and the top three make the playoffs. I wouldn't be surprised if it went to tiebreakers to decide those teams."

Pothel said the parity makes the league exciting. Until this year, Archbishop Curley dominated the league before moving to the A Conference.

"I thought they should have been in the A last year," said Pothel. "This is the way they intended the league to be, and I think it will make it fun."

Sending a Message, Part I

Although the game didn't count in the conference standings, Centennial used a hat trick by junior Mike Down to defeat Atholton, 5-2, at The Gardens Ice House in Laurel on Friday. The loss was Atholton's first in three years to a Howard Conty opponent.

The Eagles had lost to Atholton and River Hill, the county's two hockey powers, earlier in the season. Only the first game against each opponent counts in the conference standings.

"We needed that one to get back on track," said Centennial coach Dave Corbin. "We hustled a lot more this game than we did in the two earlier losses."

Corbin believes the game can put the Eagles back in contention for the Howard Conference title.

"We can be there," said Corbin. "I think this shows our players that we have to turn it up a notch each game. We have four games left [before the playoffs], so now's the time."

Sending a Message, Part II

Erv Terwilliger, the coach of Mount St. Joseph's Tier I team, has been critical recently of his team's lackluster play.

The Gaels did a lot to change his mind just after Christmas, though, when they won the DeMatha Christmas Tournament.

Mount St. Joseph beat a team from upstate New York (9-4), a team from Pittsburgh (4-2) and the host Stags (7-1) to win the tournament. DeMatha is the reigning MSHL champion.

"We were working on all cylinders," said Terwilliger.

"We'll probably see [DeMatha] again in the playoffs," he said. "We want this to be a highlight in our season, not the highlight."

Games to watch

Thursday - Severn vs. Boys' Latin at Northwest Ice Rink, 5:45 p.m.; Friday - Arundel vs. Southern at Benefield, 4 p.m.; Monday - Boys' Latin vs. St. Paul's at Patterson Park Ice Rink, 5:15 p.m.; Monday - St. Mary's vs Mount St. Joseph (I) at Garden Ice House, Laurel, 6:10 p.m.

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